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APS board selects construction mgmt. company

Submitted by Phil Heimerl on December 7, 2017 – 12:44 amNo Comment

The board of education for Alpena Public Schools has selected a construction management company to help guide it through the pre-bond activities associated with a lengthy facility needs assessment.

The district started talking about a facility study in 2011 and a final draft was completed in early 2014.

It’s basically a $120-million list of items that need to be repaired or replaced at all buildings and grounds, along with improvements the district would like to see implemented.

The board of education has chosen Wolgast Corporation to lead it through the study.  The board was impressed with all five firms it interviewed but chose Wolgast because of its extensive experience with 168 school districts across the state, including many in northern Michigan; along with its well done presentation and its local ties.  Wolgast is based out of Saginaw but has an office on M-32 in Alpena.

The company will guide the board through all pre-bond services at no cost.  If the board decides to ask voters to support a bond issue for repairs and improvements in the future, then APS will come to an agreement with Wolgast to perform the improvements for a fee.

APS Superintendent John VanWagoner says the board has decided to take its time and to do a thorough job with the study before whittling the list of wants and needs down to a level it believes voters might support.

The board has not set a date on when it might ask for voter support, but that likely won’t happen until late 2018 or in 2019.

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